Anti-Maskers Made to Dig Graves for COVID-19 Victims in Indonesia

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 16, 2020

A district head in the Indonesian province of East Java has ordered eight people to dig graves at a public cemetery destined for coronavirus victims as "punishment" for not wearing protective masks, The Jakarta Post reported. "Hopefully this can create a deterrent effect", Suyono says, noting cases are rising in the area. One would dig the grave while the other would lay boards at the bottom to support the body.

Residents who ignore the new protocols are subject to fines or community service as punishment by law.

It is the seventh consecutive day that the authorities have reported more than 3,000 new cases of coronavirus infection, just as the capital city of South-east Asia's most populous country re-imposes social distancing restrictions.

So far, Indonesia has confirmed a total of 221,523 COVID-19 cases, including 8,841 fatalities, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.

To check the spread of the virus in Jakarta, workers of businesses considered non-essential would be needed to work from home from Monday. Markets and shopping centres will be allowed to stay open with admittance at half capacity, and eateries located inside the premises of shopping centres will be allowed to function for take-out only, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told a news briefing on Sunday.

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